Bedfellows is exploring the affective crossovers between art and pornography and asks whether, as artists trained in visual literacy, we might be able to deconstruct the dominant tropes of the image-heavy sexual landscape we are in. It’s happening all the time but it manifested itself most recently at SEX TALK MTG, Assembly, Portland USA and Reactor Halls E15: You can’t win them all, ladies & gentlemen, Primary, Nottingham, UK.
Chloe Cooper uses performative tours, lectures and instructional videos to propose something quite improbable. This something quite improbable normally splashes about in the rocky waters of human relationships, like the desire to subvert conventional thought around regionalism and progress via time travel or trying to understand why someone left a challenging programme of practice-sharing by inspecting a plaster cast of their foot.
Chloe has recently exhibited and performed works at Doing What Comes Naturally Presents: Spare Rib at The Feminist Library, London; Be In Touch // Embassy Presents: Film Club, Edinburgh; Take Away Monad Mollusc, London Conference in Critical Thought 2015, UCL, London; Feelings, Blockages and Pots, Centrum, Berlin; Reactor Halls E15: You can’t win them all, ladies & gentlemen: A live radio show by Jenny Moore & guests, Primary, Nottingham; Looks Performatour, ICA, London; Loop-the-Loop, Five Years, London (2015); Teachers Study Day, Sandberg Institute/Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam (2015); Ex-Factory, KULES, Stoke-on-Trent (2014); How Near is Here? Collective, Edinburgh (2014); Rupert: An Artist and a Rover; Art Vilnius ’14, Vilnius, Lithuania (2014); SpiderS, Smaragd, Berlin (2014); Learning Private View, Tate Britain, London (2013); Tonight, CAC, Vilnius, Lithuania (2013) Until I, I Know You Better, Ti Pi Tin, London (2013); Leeds Leeds Leeds!, blip blip blip, Leeds (2013); Project Visible, Tate Modern, London (2013); The Everything and Nothing Problem, Ceri Hand Gallery/Jerwood Space, London (2013) and Reactor Halls E03: Daniel Oliver presents Live Art Dogging, Primary Studios, Nottingham (2013).
Phoebe Davies’ practice is defined by its location and context, investigating and exploring how people perceive their social framework. She works in response to and in collaboration with individuals and communities. She generates work through instruction, discussion and live interaction, which may be initiated by an individual or group but completed or extended by others. Her outcomes are project dependent; she works across media, including, installation, performance, audio, film and photography.
Her work is often ephemeral and chanced upon, existing primarily in pedestrian spaces as well as in galleries and institutions, including: Tate Britain (London), Whitechapel Gallery (London), Arnolfini (Bristol), Tramway (Glasgow), Fierce Festival (Birmingham), South London Gallery (London), Camden Arts Centre (London), Art Licks Weekend (London), Steirischer Herbst (Graz, AUT), Assembly (Portland, USA) and Sibikwa Arts ZA Connect (Johannesburg, ZA)
Phoebe is an Artsadmin artist and is currently a Social Practice Fellow on the British Council’s International Cultural Exchange US Program.
Jenny Moore is a Canadian artist and musician based in London. With performance at its core, her practice is live, embodied, improvised, and noisy. She plays in the all-female, all-drum band Charismatic Megafauna; and collaborates on Bedfellows; an artistic research project with artists Chloe Cooper and Phoebe Davies advocating for life-long queer feminist sex-re-education. Moore recently wrote, directed and recorded a performance 10 voices and two drummers commissioned by Wysing Polyphonic 2016, recorded live punk record at Tate Modern, ran an educational performance space in an occupied firestation in Norway, and has performed at Serpentine Gallery, BFI London with Jarvis Cocker, Block Universe Performance Festival, London; Metaphonica, Central Saint Martins; The Barbican with This is Not This Heat, and made a series of live interventions for Late at Tate Britain. She went to art school twice, once in Winnipeg, once in London.